City Council Work Session
City of Surprise Integrated Water Master Plan Phase II Update
Staff completed the second phase of the update to the Integrated Water Master Plan (IWMP). With guidance from the Committee on Water Resource Planning, Terry Lowe, Water Resource Management Director, provided Mayor and Council an update on the status of the IWMP and gave each elected official a copy of the updated Water Resource section (Volume 1) of the IWMP. The goal of Phase II was to incorporate the finding of Phase I and the newly adopted Water Management Policies into Volume 1. The next step for staff is to update Volume 2 (Infrastructure) of the IWMP which is based on the direction and plan of the Water Resource section. It is intended for this project to take approximately a year, and it will be developed utilizing in-house staff.
City of Surprise Stormwater Utility
On September 1, 2015, Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe presented to Mayor and Council the next findings of a yearlong effort to develop and establish a Stormwater Utility. The FCS Group was hired to assist staff with the development of this utility. Their scope includes the development of fiscal policies, revenue requirements, operation and maintenance requirements, analyze capital improvement needs, establish a rate structure and rate, and public outreach prior to adoption. Currently, other funds, including the General Fund, HURF fund, and Wastewater Utility are funding activities related to stormwater management. The creation of a stormwater utility is the most fair, reliable, and adequate funding mechanism to pay for stormwater management. The study identified an equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) equal to 3,420 square feet which was derived from averaging the areas of the impervious surfaces (roves, patios, and driveway) for all single family residents in Surprise. The purpose of this calculation is to establish a means to understand each parcel’s impact to the City’s stormwater management responsibilities. The study calculated a charge of $2 per month per EDU would be required to properly establish the utility, develop a fund balance, and to cover the cost of the City’s stormwater management responsibilities. These responsibilities include street maintenance, underground storm drain maintenance, and regulatory compliance as mandated by the Federal and State agencies. Staff will begin the public outreach phase of the Utility’s development which will occur of over the next few months. City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to establish the stormwater utility later this year.
City Council Meeting
Recognition of Surprise Sundancers Board Recipients
Each spring training season, the Sundancers conduct a 50/50 raffle for the sole purpose of making charitable donations. This year, approximately $20,900 was collected and given to several organizations and local nonprofit community organizations. Some of the organizations include Rachel’s Challenge, Dysart Education Foundation, WHAM, Arizona Charter Academy, West Valley Arts Council, Surprise Fire and Police Departments, El Mirage Firefighter Charities and various youth scholarships.
The Surprise Sundancers, founded in 2002, have played an instrumental role in our City. A special thank you to them for all they do for so many organizations, projects and programs!
Surprise Police Officer Receives National Award from VFW
Surprise Police Officer Wendy Klarkowski was recognized as an honored recipient of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 285’s National Law Enforcement Public Service Citation during Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting. Officer Klarkowski is currently assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Shadow Ridge High School. She became a police officer in 2010 and was selected to serve as an SRO in 2012.
Officer Klarkowski is regularly recognized for her dedication, commitment and exemplary service to our community. It’s an honor to have her in Surprise!
Bullard Avenue Community Feedback
At the end of July, the City implemented a traffic calming strategy on Bullard Avenue from Greenway Road to Peoria Avenue. Safety was the primary objective. The modifications included a reduction in the speed limit from 45 to 35 miles per hour, the reduction of travel lanes from two in each direction to one, the addition of four miles of bike lanes and three school zone with school crosswalks and the addition of a neighborhood electric vehicle lane.
The City hosted a community meeting on August 17 to allow residents the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions of the changes. More than 100 residents were in attendance. There were 55 speakers with only one in favor of the changes. Staff provided some background information at that time including factors considered, project goals and next steps.
Following the aforementioned meeting, a community survey was available for additional feedback. While the survey closed on August 30, the City received more than 1,900 responses. Again, an overwhelming percentage of input received was in opposition to the changes.
Details of the next public meeting are noted below.
AZ TechCelerator Renovation Project Update
Last April, City Council approved a budget amendment for a significant renovation project at the City-owned business incubator and accelerator program. This project was carried forward to the FY16 budget within the General Fund. Renovations include new exterior paint, landscape rehabilitation, upgraded wireless internet, a new monument sign and directional signage, as well as interior renovations and access control in buildings C and D. A re-launch is tentatively scheduled for October.
2016 Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
City Council approved the allocation of tourism funds, not to exceed $30,000, to the Thunderbird Artists for the Fourth Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival. The event is scheduled for January 22 through January 24, 2016.
Meetings & Events
Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee Meeting
The Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee met on Wednesday, September 2 to discuss the next phase of becoming a charter club. Momentum continues to build as we continue to progress and see the club into fruition.
Mark Your Calendar
Bullard Avenue Public Meeting – September 8
Residents are encouraged to attend the next public meeting regarding the Bullard Avenue changes in which survey results will be discussed. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at Marley Park Elementary School, 15042 W. Sweetwater Avenue. I hope to see you there!
Fall Youth Sports Registration
Registration for fall youth sports, including girls’ volleyball, Babe Ruth softball and Cal Ripken tee-ball and baseball will begin next week. Registration will be offered from September 8 through September 25, with a special Saturday registration on September 26 from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Community and Recreation Services office located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can also register online at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.
Fall Clean-up Event
The Surprise Fall Clean-up Event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event allows residents the opportunity to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Acceptable items include lawn waste and other typical household refuge.
Please note hazardous waste items will not be accepted at this time. The City has scheduled a household hazardous waste event for October 10 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Firefox Drive.
For more information about either event, please call 623.222.6000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.
Did You Know?
Due to the 115th Avenue drainage improvement project, weekend road closures have been scheduled beginning Friday, September 11 at 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 14.
- 115th Avenue north and southbound lanes from Beardsley Road to Union Hills Drive
- 115th Avenue northbound lanes will be closed north of Avenue of the Arts
Please note the same restrictions will be in place the following weekend from 9 p.m. on Friday, September 18 through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 21. Please consider alternative routes such as 99th Avenue during these closures. For the most current information on traffic restrictions, visit the traffic restriction webpage at http://ow.ly/RKXZJ.
Farmer’s Market is Coming to Surprise!
Pitchfork Farmer’s Market is coming to the AZ TechCelerator, located at 12425 W. Bell Road, beginning on Saturday, October 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and each Saturday thereafter.
Earlier last month, Surprise Police Officer Wendy Klarkowski learned about a severe water bottle shortage occurring at the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Extreme temperatures and a water contamination situation on the Navajo Reservation had led to the current shortage. Upon learning of the shortage, Officer Klarkowski, members of the SRO Coin Challenge and Student Council at Shadow Ridge High School created “Project Hydrate”.
When Project Hydrate began, the group set a goal to collect 5,000 bottles of water and set a deadline for collection of August 31. The group recently announced they’ve collected over 15,000 bottles of water, therefore tripling their original goal. Their success is due in part to three major donations, coming from parents of Shadow Ridge students who work for Walmart (1,920 bottles), Target (3,744 bottles) and an anonymous local company who donated 3,864 bottles.
I truly admire how the community came together for a fantastic cause!
If you are looking for an opportunity to better our community, we invite you to participate in the Pride Community Clean-up event on October 10. In true demonstration of civic pride, this community-wide event will have volunteers cleaning neighborhoods across the city, from repairing and painting neighborhood fences to landscaping.
All volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot of the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 7:30 am to receive assignments. The entire group will return to the Senior Center parking lot for lunch at 11:30 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Muriel Gutierrez at 623.222.3241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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